Before I proceed to the Pevonia Propolis review, let me just say that I was deeply affected by a Singaporean beauty blogger’s facial experience that I found on my timeline. You can read about the nightmare she went through here — http://bunbunmakeuptips.com/my-horrific-post-facial-experience-you-need-to-read-this/. I had just undergone a facial myself when I read it and I made the grave mistake of allowing the facialist to “prick” my face to extract whiteheads and blackheads. I don’t know what happened to me that day. I’m normally very protective of my face. When I have facials, I usually tell the person to hold off on the pricking because most of the time, these aestheticians are not dermatologists and are therefore not licensed or qualified to do such procedures. I only allow them to do superficial stuff like scrubbing, massaging, cleansing, etc.
As punishment for my momentary lapse of judgement, my face broke out. Every place she pricked was red and bumpy the next day. I hated it. Most of all, I hated myself for allowing it. It was really all my fault. I can’t blame her because she would not have done it had I not given her the permission to proceed. My experience is nowhere near as traumatic as Bunbun’s but it was scary all the same.
Luckily I had a Godsend. Pevonia Philippines had given me a serum prior to the breakout, Pevonia Botanica Soothing Propolis Concentrate. I was told that it was anti-bacterial and that it was good for clearing up sensitive skin of pimples, rashes, and the like. It’s good for broken capillaries too (I have some on my cheeks which is why my face is prone to redness) since it has decongesting properties that help microcirculation problems. Anyhow, I accepted even though I wasn’t certain if I was going to get to use it.
I unfolded the information sheet that came with the product. It’s an antibacterial gel that heals the skin. I wasn’t afraid to try it because it’s made of propolis, a substance that bees collect from plants. I’ve had positive experiences with Ilog Maria’s Propolis Ointment and I use it to treat insect bites and alleviate itching at home. That said, I was not afraid to give Pevonia’s propolis concentrate a shot. Salycylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide (the two most common ingredients in pimple medication) usually darken my skin so even if I had such products on my dresser I was not the least bit tempted to use them. Sigh.
My forehead was hit the worst since most of the pricking took place there. It actually looks worse in person because the whiteheads are not so apparent in the photo. This photo was taken on the the 3rd day that I had been using the serum so it’s actually starting to improve at this point. Ugh. Bad hair day and bad skin day combined.
This photo was taken this morning, a full week after the pricking and the breakout’s eruption. My forehead is still not 100% clear like before but at least most of the bumps had dried out. Lesson learned: Don’t try to fix what’s not broken… in this case it was my face. I have every intention of restoring my face (forehead at least) to its former condition. O_O
What I did to expedite the clearing process:
- I had to modify my usual routine because I had to concentrate on healing and repairing the damage. I would wash my face in the morning and at night.
- After washing, I would apply Pevonia Propolis generously all over the affected areas (my forehead, nose + sides of my nose). I washed and applied 2-3x a day.
- I used a clay-based mask to absorb all the impurities. I recommend doing this once a week.
- I skipped all the usual products I apply, even sunscreen (I just kept myself shaded), so that they would not conflict with the propolis. Basically I was reduced to cleanse and treat (also eye cream since my eye area was unaffected) when it came to my daily skin care regimen. When your skin is breaking out, I believe less is more.
- I only used medicated BB cream from Kiehl’s for the duration if I needed to look presentable. More on that on another post.
- It’s not drying to the skin even as it dries out the whiteheads and pimples.
- It doesn’t cause skin darkening. My forehead is a testament to this. I would apply the gel all over my forehead.
- It works relatively fast, not overnight but you start to see results by the third day.
- It dries out acne, pimple, and white heads. When they’re completely dry, they sort of just fall off.
- It’s all natural so I wasn’t afraid to use it 2-3x a day.
Downside? The price!!! I’m just really lucky I got my own bottle as a gift because it costs a whopping P5,610. But then if I was desperate (and I really was when I started breaking out) this would still probably be cheaper than going to a dermatologist for the full acne treatment regimen. You can purchase this product from the Pevonia Online Store.
I had really yucky-looking skin for about a week and it’s only now that it’s starting to look normal again. I’m still okay with getting facials but I will never ever let a facialist or aesthetician prick my face again.
Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist and I’m not telling you not to see one if you have skin problems (just make sure you pick one who is certified by the Philippine Dermatological Society). In my case though, it was a pretty minor flare-up and I was willing to try and see if I could make it go away on my own.
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